Today I feel very privileged to be opening the blog tour for Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes. I’m a huge fan of this authors books so when I was I was asked if I would like to be part of the blog tour I jumped at the chance. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers then you are going to love this book, I certainly did as you will see from my review below. Never Alone is published on the 6th October 2016, so you won’t have to wait long to get a copy.
Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, shes living alone. But she doesn’t consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.
When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah s cottage seems ideal; and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a reason to smile again. It s supposed to be temporary, but not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement: her children are wary of his motives, and Will Brewer, an old friend of her son s, seems to have taken it upon himself to check up on Sarah at every opportunity. Even Sophie has grown remote and distant.
After Sophie disappears, it s clear she hasn’t been entirely honest with anyone, including Will, who seems more concerned for Sarah s safety than anyone else. As the weather closes in, events take a dramatic turn and Kitty too goes missing. Suddenly Sarah finds herself in terrible danger, unsure of who she can still trust.
But she isn’t facing this alone; she has Aiden, and Aiden offers the protection that Sarah needs. Doesn’t he?
Like many readers I have been a big fan of Elizabeth Haynes since she wrote Into The Darkest Corner way back in 2011, so I had high hopes for Never Alone the book description alone piqued my interest and I must say its everything I hoped for and more. It’s well executed, gripping and definitely one of the better psychological thrillers out there at the moment. The author explores human relationships and all the ugly qualities that can come with them lies,obsession,betrayal and rejection, she manages to weave an intricate tale that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go to the last heart stopping chapter.
The chapters alternate between Sarah Carpenter a widower living in an isolated farmhouse, with only her dogs for company, and Aiden an old acquaintance of Sarah’s who becomes her tenant. There are also chapters delivered by an unknown voice which add a chilling tone to the plot. If I’m honest to begin with I just couldn’t work out where the plot was heading, there were so many lies and secrets hidden within the characters, but like any good author Elizabeth Hayes reveals all layer by layer, and provides the reader with an intricate tale that kept me reading late into the night (a cliche I know, but true). The author does have an extraordinary way of creating ordinary characters who most readers will be able to relate to one way or another, the best friend who has secrets she’s reluctant to share, the lodger who prefers to keep his life private I could go on and on but you get the gist.
I should mention there are some sexually charged scenes but they are very much in keeping with the plot and aren’t overly graphic. From the very first chapter there is a sense of foreboding and the author builds on it making this a hard book to put down. Set in a remote village on the Yorkshire Moors makes the perfect setting for this book, the author describes the setting so perfectly I had chills running down my spine at the thought of being in such a bleak and isolated place, which certainly added to my sense of uneasiness. As the plot progresses there are plenty of heart pounding moments to keep the most hardened reader glued to the edge of their seat, Never Alone is well paced, atmospheric and full of menace, this is one book psychological thriller lovers will not want to miss.
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Print Length: 481 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (28 July 2016)
Elizabeth Haynes worked for many years as a police analyst. Her debut novel, Into the Darkest Corner, won Amazon’s Book of the Year in 2011 and Amazon’s Rising Star Award for debut novels.
Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University. She is currently taking a career break having worked for the past seven years as a police intelligence analyst. Elizabeth now lives in Kent with her husband and son, and writes in coffee shops and a shed-office which takes up most of the garden.
Haynes’s first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and is now a New York Times bestseller. Now published in 37 countries, it was originally written as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Her second novel, Revenge of the Tide, was published by Myriad in 2012 and her third, Human Remains, was published in 2013.
Under a Silent Moon, the first in Haynes’s Detective Inspector Louisa Smith series (Little, Brown), was published in 2014 and the second in the series, Behind Closed Doors, in 2015.
Here is the list of fellow bloggers taking part, don’t forget to pop by their blogs and check out their posts